• Ty Joplin, Albawaba, November 18 2018:... Khodabandeh admits that he had a difficult time reintegrating into society, as he struggled to rid himself of the constraints the MEK forces upon its members. He forbade himself from watching television, and did not know the extent of Iraq’s crimes against Iranians during the Iran-Iraq War. But Khodabandeh considers himself lucky; he was able to leave the group while thousands are still trapped inside ... 

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  • مسعود خدابنده آن سینگلتون پارلمان اروپا 2018Albawaba, Gateway - A podcast from the Middle East, November 15 2018:... I remember when I was a student in London, I used to send books to Iran with translation form English to Farsi. They were all books about psychology and books relevant to cults. After two and a half decades I realised that this is what he was doing. He is learning from these books ... 

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  • Anne and Massoud Khodabandeh, Balkans Post, November 06 2018:... Please, make sure that the MEK leadership does not lose its mind and commit horrific acts in your country. Enforce the law and impose the authority of your government over the MEK cult and reassure the European public that Albania is a responsible country. Your reply to this letter will be that you ensure the safety and security of all members and former members of MEK in Albania ... 

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  • Anne and Massoud Khodabandeh, Iranian.com, November 04 2018:... The logical conclusion would be the creation of a false flag operation involving an attack on MEK members in Albania (outside the European Union so that it cannot be thwarted or investigated) which leaves some dead, and which can be blamed on Iran. Rajavi would be happy to fulfil this order since this would fill the bank of the “blood of martyrs” as she calls ... 

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  • Ty Joplin, Albawaba, October 06 2018:... The MEK, more than being a terrorist cult, militia or pro-democratic freedom fighters, seems to be a brutal tool of realpolitik, a blunt instrument to be used by the U.S. and its allies in the Gulf to antagonize their geopolitical rival, Iran.To understand the this, Al Bawaba spoke with Massoud Khodabandeh, who was one of the groups most senior leaders for decades, before ... 

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  • ISIS ISIL Mojahedin Khalq Rajavi cult FlaqsWhitney Webb, Mint Press, September 23 2018:... In an interview with Jordan-based news outlet Albawaba News, former MEK head of security Massoud Khodabandeh detailed the covert means through which the Saudis helped fund the group, including regional smuggling networks and black market transactions. According to Khodabandeh, gold and other valuable commodities, such as Rolex watches, were shipped from Saudi Arabia ... 

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  • Massoud and Anne Khodabandeh, Balkans Post, September 22 2018:... But, back in Albania if the Al Jazeera interviewer had asked ‘how much money does an MEK member make for spending all day, every day as an internet troll?’ The answer would be “nothing”. MEK does not pay its members anything. It never has and never will. This is because it operates as a cult to which members belong rather than are employed by ... 

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  • Rajavi_Faisal_1Sputnick and Press TV, September 19 2018:... Massoud Khodabandeh explained that 3 tons of solid gold, a minimum of four suitcases of customized Rolex watches and fabric that had been used to cover the Muslim holy site of Kaaba in Mecca were among the commodities shipped from Saudi Arabia to MEK operatives in Baghdad as ... 

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  • Saudi_Arabia_Mojahedin_Khalq_TerrorismAlbawaba, Ty Joplin, September 18 2018:... In 1989, a year before Saddam Hussein attacked Kuwait, Khodabandeh and the MEK’s leader at the time, Massoud Rajavi, went to Saudi with an escort by Iraq’s secret police. “Rajavi was to perform pilgrimage as well as other things. At the time for our return to Iraq, we were presented with two suitcases each, presents from King Abdullah, then crown prince ... 

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  • MEK_MKO_Maryam_Rajavi_Cult_Faking_Social_Media_Aljazeera_2018The Listening Post, Aljazeera, September 16 2018:..."Our orders would tell us the hashtags to use in our tweets in order to make them more active," says Hassan Shahbaz, another former MEK member. "It was our job to provide coverage of these protests by seeking out, tweeting and re-tweeting videos while adding our own comments."MEK keyboard warriors would also target journalists, ... 

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  • Albawaba_Maryam_Rajavi_Mojahedin_Khalq_MKO_MEK_NCRI_2018_1Ty Joplin, Albawaba, September 16 2018:...MEK were lifted out of Iraq and into a new base in Tirana, Albania. Now that the average age of the MEK’s members is around 55 or 60, “it is fair to say the members have nowhere to go but to stay,” and watch the organization slowly fade away, Khodabandeh said. “The only alternative for them is suicide. Especially the ones who have joined following an idea.” ... 

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  • False_Flaq_Albania_Mojahedin_Khalq_Maryam_Rajavi_Cult_MKO_MEKAnne and Massoud Khodabandeh, Lobe Log, August 31 2018:... The question for America’s anti-Iran pundits currently is how to engineer distance between Europe and Iran. One way would be if it could be demonstrated that Iranian terrorism has reached Europe itself, a theme that Pompeo himself addresses at virtually every Iran-related opportunity. While rational observers recognise that any such activity would ... 

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